Laos is a mountainous country, especially in the north; the peaks here rise above 2,800 m. The northern and eastern areas are covered by dense forests. Forming the boundary with Burma and Thailand is the Mekong River flowing through the country for 1,500 km of its course. Blessed with lush countryside, dazzling Buddhist temples, indolent village life and gentle people, Laos was traditionally recognized as the empire of a Million Elephants. Buddhism being followed by many as the main religion has played a vital role in the cultural development of Laos. The splendid sight of monks in their distinctive saffron robes is a common sight to see and there are many temples throughout the country that provide visitors with moments of great serenity and beauty. Having been secluded from the wider world have helped out conserve Laos’ serene nature and let a glance into a quieter time. Laos definitely has many attractive places to visit like Luang Prabang that nestles in a profound river valley circled by spectacular green mountains and used to be Laos’ spiritual capital and significant home of the Laotian Kings.